Cosmetics are constituted from a mixture of chemical compounds derived from either natural sources or synthetically created ones. Cosmetics designed for skin care can be used to cleanse, exfoliate and protect the skin, as well as replenishing it, through the use of cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and balms; cosmetics designed for more general personal care, such as shampoo and body wash, can be used to cleanse the body; cosmetics designed to enhance one’s appearance (makeup) can be used to conceal blemishes, enhance one’s natural features (such as the eyebrows and eyelashes), add color to a person’s face and, in the case of more extreme forms of makeup used for performances, fashion shows and people in costume, can be used to change the appearance of the face entirely to resemble a different person, creature or object. Cosmetics can also be designed to add fragrance to the body.
Manufacture of cosmetics is dominated by a small number of multinational corporations that originated in the early 20th century, but the distribution and sales of cosmetics is spread among a wide range of businesses. The world’s largest cosmetic companies are L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Shiseido, and Estée Lauder. In 2005, the market volume of the cosmetics industry in the US, Europe, and Japan was about EUR 70 Billion/a year. In Germany, the cosmetic industry generated €12.6 billion of retail sales in 2008, which makes the German cosmetic industry the third largest in the world, after Japan and the United States. German exports of cosmetics reached €5.8 billion in 2008, whereas imports of cosmetics totaled €3 billion. The UAE Cosmetics Market is forecast to cross $3 billion by 2025 on account of increasing demand from the youth population, growing adoption of western culture & lifestyle, and an increasing number of beauty salons across the country.
Also, there is rising consciousness about appearance among consumers in the UAE. Younger generation is especially much more into experimenting with new cosmetics products. Millennials are the regular users of cosmetics due to their office going culture. Increasing per capita expenditure on personal appearance is expected to propel the demand for cosmetics in the UAE during the forecast period. There is a huge demand for advanced and premium beauty products including natural and organic products, which will continue to drive the UAE Cosmetics Market during the forecast period.
Based on the regional segmentation, the market is segmented into Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Rest of UAE. Until 2019, Dubai held the largest market share in the UAE Cosmetics Market due to its higher GDP and higher living standards. Abu Dhabi is second largest cosmetics market, which is also generating high demand due to continuously increasing GDP and population and prevalence of most of the international brands. Based on the distribution channel, the UAE Cosmetics Market is segmented into Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Multi Branded Retail Stores, Exclusive Retail Stores, Online, Specialized Shops & Beauty Parlors/Salon. Supermarkets/Hypermarkets segment holds the largest share in the UAE Cosmetics Market with more consumers preferring to shop from there. Also, in 2020, due to COVID-19, online channel is emerging as a preferred channel by the consumers on account of safety it offers as well as due to closure of malls.